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City Appears Ready to Pause Streetcar Project

New City Council plans to vote on 11 referendum-immune ordinances on Wednesday

{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 2, 2013
Mayor John Cranley and a majority of City Council appear ready to halt Cincinnati’s $132.8 million streetcar project on Wednesday — and voters might not get a final say on whether they approve of the pause.
In front of council are 11 ordinances totaling $1.25 million that would stop contracts tied to the streetcar project while the city hires expert consultants to review the costs of conti...  
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Federal Government Restricts Streetcar Grants

Money put on hold pending City Council decision on project

{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 2, 2013
Federal grants for the $132.8 million streetcar project are on hold until City Council votes to continue the project, according to a Dec. 2 email from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to Cincinnati officials.
The decision means Cincinnati can no longer tap into $44.9 million in federal grants until Mayor John Cranley and a majority of the newly sworn-in City Council, both of which ...  
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Hundreds Walk Streetcar Line in Support of Project

Rally precedes City Council vote to pause and potentially cancel construction

{CommentsCant} · Sunday, December 1, 2013
Several hundred people from various local neighborhoods on Sunday gathered at Washington Park and walked along the planned streetcar route to show their support for Cincinnati's $132.8 million streetcar project.The rally preceded a City Council vote planned for Dec. 2 that would pause the streetcar project as   
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CAF USA Warns of Streetcar Cancellation Costs

Letter comes on eve of council vote on streetcar project

{CommentsCant} · Sunday, December 1, 2013
The company in charge of building Cincinnati's streetcars says the city would incur substantial costs if it cancels the streetcar project after it's already gone through some construction and design work.
The Nov. 30 letter from CAF USA Vice President Virginia Verdeja to former Mayor Mark Mallory arrived just one day before Mayor John Cranley, who opposes the streetcar project, and an anti-stre...  
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Morning News and Stuff

Federal funds tied to streetcar project, Mann named vice mayor, local life expectancy varies

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
For the third time, a representative from the federal government yesterday reiterated to Cincinnati officials that if the $132.8 million streetcar project is canceled, the city would lose $40.9 million in federal funds and another $4 million would be left to the discr...  
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Sittenfeld to Support Continuing Streetcar Project

Opponents might not have enough votes to prevent referendum if project is canceled

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld on Monday announced he will vote to continue the $132.8 million streetcar project. Sittenfeld’s support for the project means the incoming City Council might not have the six votes required for an emergency clause that would immediately halt the project and make a cancellation vote insusceptible to referendum. If streetcar supporters successfully put a cancellatio...  

Cranley Losing Credibility on Projections

5 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mayor-elect John Cranley has been confidently wrong before, and the same could be playing out with the streetcar project.
  

Easier Said Than Done

Balanced budget, pension reform among tough tasks facing incoming council members hoping not to raise taxes

1 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
 A majority of newly elected council members say they’re committed to structurally balancing Cincinnati’s operating budget — a promise repeated by Mayor-elect John Cranley on the campaign trail and following the Nov. 5 election.    

City: Canceling Streetcar Could Nearly Reach Cost of Completion

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Streetcar Project Executive John Deatrick on Nov. 21 revealed that the city might only keep $7.5-$24.5 million if it cancels the $132.8 million streetcar project.    

Drop Inn Center to Leave OTR

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Drop Inn Center and Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation (3CDC) announced a deal on Nov. 22 to move the region’s largest homeless shelter from its current location in Over-the-Rhine to Queensgate.